Assistant Director for First-Year Advising

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 10, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Academic Advising Center (AAC) of the College of Arts and Sciences at CU Boulder encourages applicants for an Assistant Director for First-Year Advising ! This leadership role is responsible for directing the advising activities of one Academic Advising team comprised of full-time professional advisors and peer advisors/student employees.

The Assistant Director supervises and builds relationships with a disciplinary group of Academic Advisors; serves as a primary point of contact for department chairs and faculty regarding first year advising activities; provides leadership and process improvement to the unit; and engages in planning for advising in the college and on the campus. The Assistant Director actively engages and supports the Advisors on their team in implementing unit-wide strategic goals; developing measurable and meaningful professional goals; building a culture of success and pride within their team; and in supporting the goals and values of the unit. In addition to regular one-on-one interactions and group meetings with Academic Advisors, this position provides multidisciplinary academic and developmental advising for undergraduate students on an as-needed basis.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to collaborative and constructive leadership and an enthusiastic demeanor and passion for the development of professional staff and students alike. will be comfortable engaging with large numbers of people via diverse and active outreach methods including presentations; will demonstrate and support an advising approach that focuses on student exploration and discovery; and will exhibit an orientation toward excellent customer service along with strong communication skills. Assistant Directors are expected to tackle problems proactively and to take ownership for their own actions and the performance of their team.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems.

The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education in the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Advising Program Leadership, Process Improvement and Implementation
  • Provide leadership for advising services and development initiatives for the First-Year advising team consistent with the needs and goals of the College, the unit, and the First-Year Network.
  • Design, implement, and assess roster and advising caseload processes in coordination with the First-Year Supervisors.
  • Create, access and respond to available advising data in regards to positive student outcomes, retention, and graduation implications.
  • Create and disseminate advising reports relevant to each department in support of departmental course management, programming, and graduation activities.
  • Monitor, assess, and support advisor schedules, appointment availability, short- and long-term coverage, advisor utilization rates, and student outreach initiatives.

Academic Department Collaboration and Management
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for department chairs and faculty regarding first year advising activities and student concerns.
  • Coach, mentor, challenge and support Academic Advisors and First-Year Supervisors in a multidisciplinary team-based environment.
  • Develop and monitor performance plans and conduct annual evaluations for each First-Year Supervisor consistent with University and College policies, providing honest and ongoing feedback.
  • Respond to concerns from students, parents and Advisors within the team.
  • Lead training of new staff on issues and content related to first-year advising.
  • Support ongoing training, professional development, and recognition for advisors on the team.
  • Coordinate the advising-related New Student Welcome programming, events, and caseload assignments in collaboration with A&S Recruitment, the unit’s NSW Task Force, and the Data Analytics Project Manager.

Leadership and Strategic Vision
  • Serve as a contributing member of the unit’s Leadership Team.
  • Collaborate with others as part of a team-centered environment.
  • Demonstrate and promote the vision, mission and values of the unit, college, and campus.
  • Participate in future development and long-range planning for the unit.
  • Represent the unit in First-Year Network Leadership Team meetings and on departmental, campus, and professional committees.

Support and Administration
  • Provide academic advising on an as-needed basis to assist with escalated situations, provide coverage for Academic Advisors and First-Year Supervisors on leave (etc.), specific populations such as foreign study abroad students, and summer-start students.
  • Support new initiatives that align with the unit’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Lead and support new and continuing initiatives aligned with the unit’s strategic priorities in academic advising and student success.

What We Can Offer

Annual Salary is $65,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • Bachelor's degree in related field of study and 5 +years of experience in academic advising or a Master's degree in related field of study and 3 + years of experience in academic advising. Note: Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of student development, first year student needs, positive student outcomes, and retention strategies.
  • Ability to develop and implement programs, assess and evaluated program success.
  • Ability to manage, assign, review and evaluate work.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and multiple responsibilities simultaneously in a high-volume environment.
  • Ability to work with a diverse student body, faculty and administrators.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational aptitude.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.
  • Consistent practice of self motivation, attention to detail and ability to work independently.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Two or more years of supervisory or lead experience.
  • Previous experience as an academic advising supervisor.
  • Experience in change management theory and practice.
  • Experience working at a Tier 1 Research institution.
  • Experience collaborating closely with faculty.
  • Experience with undergraduate retention efforts.
  • Experience with complex student information systems.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
  3. A short essay (no more than 1 page) that addresses the following statement: "Our unit recognizes that our mission is strengthened by contributions from diverse perspectives. Describe what your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion looks like in practice."

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by March 1, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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